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Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls puts up a shot past Andre Roberson #21 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the United Center on March 17, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Durant Leads Thunder Past Bulls

Kevin Durant finished with 35 points and 12 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 97-85 on Monday night.

03/17/2014

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Watch: Lakers Nearly Induce Charles Barkley Into A Nap

Watching the Lakers is about as exciting as sitting through an Econ 101 class.

CBS Chicago–03/14/2014

Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls backs up to the basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during an NBA game on December 19, 2013 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

White-Hot Thunder Streak Past Bulls 107-95

Kevin Durant scored 32 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 107-95 on Thursday night for their eighth straight win.

12/19/2013

Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls knocks the ball away from Nick Collison #4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the United Center on November 8, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Thunder Overtake Bulls 97-91

Kevin Durant scored eight of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 97-91 on Thursday night.

11/08/2012

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat pulls down a rebound against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Five of the 2012 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 21, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Heat’s LeBron James Gets First NBA Title

James capped his title bid with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds, Chris Bosh added 23 points, Dwyane Wade scored 20 points and the Heat finished off the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, winning 121-106.

06/21/2012

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Heat Takes 2-1 Lead In Championship Series

The Oklahoma City Thunder had their chance. They were up 10 in the third quarter of the NBA Finals and then it all slipped away.

06/17/2012

Serge Ibaka #9 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat go after a loose ball in the second quarter in Game Two of the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 14, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Miami Beats Oklahoma City In Game 2

The Oklahoma City Thunder finally faced a deficit even Kevin Durant couldn’t rescue them from.

06/15/2012

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Thunder Push Past Spurs & Into NBA Finals

Kevin Durant had 34 points and 14 rebounds while playing all of regulation for the first time all season, leading the Thunder past the Spurs 107-99 and into the NBA Finals.

06/07/2012

Nick Collison #4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder draws the charge against Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs as DeJuan Blair #45 and Kevin Durant #35 fight for position in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Thunder Beat Spurs 108-103

Kevin Durant scored 27 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder are on the brink of the NBA Finals, beating the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 in Game 5 on Monday night and moving within a victory of a series knockout.

06/05/2012

Thabo Sefolosha of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives ahead of Stephen Jackson of the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 31, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (credit: Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Thunder Grab Game 3 Win Over Spurs

Thabo Sefolosha set playoff career bests with 19 points and six steals, and the Thunder snapped San Antonio’s winning streak by beating the Spurs 102-82 in Game 3 on Thursday.

06/01/2012

Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs drives to the basket against Kendrick Perkins #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 31, 2012 in Oklahoma City, OK. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Thunder Wallop Spurs 102-82, Pull Within 2-1

Kevin Durant scored 22 points, Thabo Sefolosha set playoff career-bests with 19 points and six steals, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped San Antonio’s 20-game winning streak by beating the Spurs 102-82 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night.

05/31/2012

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs is defended by Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 29, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. (credit: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

Spurs Take 2-0 Series Lead Over Thunder

Parker had 34 points, Manu Ginobili added 20 points, and the Spurs stayed perfect in the playoffs with a 120-111 victory over the Thunder in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

05/30/2012

Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs  drives to the basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 27, 2012 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (credit: Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Spurs Get “Nasty” To Top Thunder In Game 1

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s caught-on-camera “I want some nasty!” command is likely coming soon to shirts and memes after they beat the Thunder 101-98 on Sunday.

05/28/2012

Gary Neal #14, Tony Parker #9 and Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs celebrate a play in the fourth quarter while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 27, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Spurs Strike First In West Finals, Win 19th Straight

Manu Ginobili scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs won their 19th in a row to tie the NBA record for longest winning streak kept alive in the playoffs, beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 101-98 to open the Western Conference finals on Sunday night.

05/27/2012

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NBA Western Conference Finals Matchup And Prediction

Back in 1999, while Prince was partying, the NBA played a 50 game strike-shortened season that ended with the San Antonio Spurs being crowned champions. That first title for the Spurs began their odd dynasty as they would win the NBA Finals in only odd number years (2003, ‘05, and ’07).

05/24/2012

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Lakers Season Comes To An End After Game 5 Loss

Russell Westbrook scored 28 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 106-90 to eliminate the Lakers in five games.

05/22/2012

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Lakers Eliminated From Playoffs

Russell Westbrook scored 28 points, Kevin Durant added 25 points and 10 rebounds, and the Oklahoma City Thunder surged ahead in the second half to beat Los Angeles 106-90 in Game 5 on Monday night and eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs.

05/21/2012

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Thunder Comeback Again To Take 3-1 Lead Against Lakers

Russell Westbrook scored 10 of his 37 points during a stirring fourth-quarter comeback, Kevin Durant added 31 points and hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder seized control of the second-round series with a 103-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 on Saturday night.

05/21/2012

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Durant Misses 3-Pointer In Final Seconds As Lakers Take Game 3

Kobe Bryant didn’t miss on 18 free throws and scored 14 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied late for a 99-96 victory over Oklahoma City in Game 3 on Friday night, cutting the Thunder’s second-round series lead to 2-1.

05/21/2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 16: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lakers Collapse In Final Minutes To Hand Thunder 2-0 Series Lead

Kevin Durant scored 22 points and rattled in the go-ahead basket on a baseline runner with 18 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final nine points to rally for a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday night.

05/17/2012

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